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The Hidden Indochina 18 Days

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 18 - 24 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 35 people
Destination(s): Vietnam   Cambodia   Laos  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1965 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3710 US Dollar (USD)

A small intimate tour to the Indochinese countries will be an unforgettable experience. Our tour is designed to take advantages of lifetime showing you all Indochinese leading tourist destinations in a leisurely pace. You will find yourself exploring friendly countries rich in history and beauty ranging from amazingly magnificent temples to abundance of breathtaking sights.

First off, you start to visit Vietnam where is renowned for its spectacular scenery of lochs, white sandy beaches, towering mountains, and dense forests on the islands of Halong Bay. Next, it is a good time to travel to the most irresistible country of Southeast-Asia, Cambodia, where is home to one of the world’s wonders, Ankor Wat temple. This archeological site is abundant of historical and magical temples making it a must-see for all travelers. Last but not least, we visit the hidden Lao, a little-explored country with varied attractions from beautiful hill tribe villages to breathtaking mountain landscape. There is no better way to see these sites than on our group tour that will offer you all the best accommodations and eateries. Join our Hidden Indochinese tour today, you will be provided in return with the memorable experience that touches your life forever.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi - arrival. On arrival Noi Bai airport group will be met and transfer to Hanoi. If the time permits we will take a sight seeing tours in the city main historical attraction and an hour cyclo ride through out old quarter city of Hanoi. O/N in Hanoi Includes: (D).

Day 2: Hanoi - Holong. After breakfast this morning we are heading out for Halong Bay (carry overnight baggage). The route today, via Haiphong, will be our first opportunity to see rural Vietnam. We will arrive at Halong Bay in the early afternoon. Halong Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, covers an area of 1500 square km. With more than a thousand limestone peaks soaring from its crystalline emerald water, this area is one of the natural wonders of Vietnam and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The islands are dotted with innumerable white sandy beaches and grottoes created by wind and waves.

On arrival at Halong Bay we board our Huong Hai Junk cruise (or, similar). The Huong Hai (Ocean Flavours') junks are unique, 'antique' accommodations that are scrupulously clean, fully-crewed and comfortable. Our junks are large and luxurious seven-cabin boats with private bath, air conditioning and fan, and plenty of deck space. An onboard chef prepares delicious, local seafood dishes. After lunch on board we will cruise Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Sail Island, and visit Sung Sot Cave, with a chance to swim at Titov Beach. We enjoy sunset and then dinner on board. Overnight Junk cruise. Inlcudes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: Halong Bay - Hanoi. Early this morning, after breakfast on board, we cruise to visit Manal Head Island, Tortoise Island, and visit Luon Cave by small bamboo boat, and Bai Tu Long Bay. We check out at around 10 am, enjoy an early lunch on board before disembarking and departing for Hanoi at around noon. After arriving in Hanoi at 4:00PM, we will enjoy this rest time with waterpuppet. Overnight in Hanoi. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Hanoi - Hue. This morning we will visit Ho Chi Minh complex area, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, President Palace, House on stilts, one pillar pagoda, continuing our trip to visit first university of Vietnam temple of literature before transfer to airport for flight to Hue. On arrival Phu Bai airport transfer to Hue, this afternoon we will take a dragon boat on Perfume River to visit Tu Duc tomb, Thien Mu pagoda. O/N in Hue. Includes:(B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Hue - Hoian. Hue citadel and forbidden cold not be missed this morning before drive to Hoian. This citadel was built since beginning of Nguyen Dynasty in Vietnam 1802 with well complex of city and Emperor Palace of Nguyen dynasty. Even many parts were destroyed during 1968 American war in Vietnam but it is really an impressive place to visit. After our short visit we continue to Hoian drive over Hai van pass for the best view of Vietnam ocean stopping at Lang Co beach, Marble Mountain. Arrive to Hoian check in hotel and the rest of the time free at leisure. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Hoian - Danang - Ho Chi Minh. This morning visit Hoian, Hoian museum, Phuc Kien Assembly hall, Tan Ky old house, Japanese Bridge and more before transfer to Danang airport for a flight to Ho Chi Minh. On arrival meet up and transfer to hotel. Rest of time group will be free at leisure. O/N in Ho Chi Minh. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Ho Chi Minh – Cu Chi Tunnels Departures. Today group will take a late flight for departure. Morning visit Cu Chi tunnels, which was under ground system of Vietnamese during French and American war. Afternoon we visit Re-unification Palace, war museum, North Dame Cathedral and Saigon post office before transfer to airport for departure. Amazing Cambodia, Phnom Penh - Siem Reap. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Phnom Penh - Arrival. On arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport -Visa processing- we will be welcome to the hotel. Wasting no time, during the half-day city tour, we will witness the National Museum of Khmer Arts, with its warm red terracotta and its gracefully curved roof topped by dozens of guardian nagas. Then we continue to the nearby Royal Palace, one of the most beautiful samples of Khmer palace, which allows us to visit the precious Throne Hall, Prasat Khemarin, Prasat Samrn Phirum, Hor Preah Khan, Chan Chhaya, and Silver Pagoda where the king regularly does the warship.

We pass through the River Front Park whose scenery is much worth shooting, and continue to the only one hill in town with sacred sites called Wat Phnom before getting on a boat cruise along Mekong River bank to see the lovely Phnom Penh city at night with breathtaking view along the river. We have the dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight in Phnom Penh. Includes: (L), (D).

Day 8: Orientation tour. Today, we spend the morning visiting the unforgotten Toul Sleng Museum where is the largest center of detention and torture of Khmer Rough regime, and we continue to similar genocide scene of Cheung Ek Killing field. (Attention, both places could be of heartily horrific and depressing experience.) In the afternoon, city orientation tour includes Phnom Penh Municipality Hall, National Library, National Bank, Independence Monument and shopping at New Central Market where we find various kinds of souvenirs ranging from clothes to galleries, and then enjoy ourselves overnight in Phnom Penh city. Overnight in Phnom Penh. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 9: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap. In the morning, we get on the 1-hour flight to Siem Reap, the city of Ankor. The same morning we are on tour to Rolous Group temples including the 9th-century-erected Preah Ko temple, Bakheng, the largest and most complex temple of the Rolous group temples, and the four-brick-tower temple of Lo Lei. After the lunch break, we will head to Small Circuit to witness the Prasat Kravan (Cardamon sanctuary), where we will experience the stunning image of the eight-armed Vishnu in the largest central tower.

Then we get going to Banteay Kdei, a massive Buddist temple with four concentric walls, Srah Srang (Royal Bath), Ta Prohm, which is best known for its originally ancient look. Next, we move to just east of Angkor Thom where stand the Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda that seem to be known as the twin temple, and to Takeo, the only temple never completed, and yet is one among the finest. Finally, we enjoy the dinner with both Khmer and foreign food and overnight in Siem Reap. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 10: The Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat. In the early morning, we enjoy the view of sunset at Angkor Wat. Then we start our tour to the most popular South Gate of Angkor Thom’s before going to Angkor Thom(the temple) which was built by Angkor's greatest king, Jayavarman VII. The major attraction of Angkor Thom is the Bayon that is recognized to take the second place of attractive Angkorian sites after Ankor Wat. Then we go to Bapoun, which is one of the most spectacular of Ankor’s temples in its heyday; to Terrace of Leper King, the mysterious site to find out; and to Terrace of Elephants that once served as the base for the king’s grand audience hall for the public ceremonies.

Now it is time to visit the World Seven Wonder, better known as Angkor Wat, which is considered the most important archaeological site in Southeast Asia. In the evening, comes the moment for the relaxing view sunset from the Phnom Bakheng Hill before dinning out with Khmer Traditional Dance Show and taking individual time overnight in town. Overnight in Siem Reap. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 11: Banteay Srei and Grand Circuit. Today in the early morning, we will view sunrise at Angkor Wat. There you will see the wonderful of spectrum sun rise on the top of the five peaks of Angkor Temple, breakfast at hotel. In the morning we continue to visit Banteay Srei (Citadel of the women) where is the most finest stone carving seen anywhere on the planet and then we will visit Kbal Spean (The river of a Thousand lingas). Overnight in Siem Reap. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 12: Tonlesap - Departure. In the morning, we are on a boat trip to Great Lake Tonle Sap, which is best known for its basin of fresh water fish (10 tons/ 1Square Km in the 60’s). Visitors may also view the fresh water exhibition where we can see various kinds of fish in Tonlesap Lake. We then continue to Les Artisans d’Angkor - Chantiers Ecole where visitors can observe students learning traditional carving and finishing techniques. Then we will enjoy the leisure time until the flight departure. WOW Laos, Vientiane - Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang - Pak Ou. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 12: Arrival Vientiane. On arrival Wattay airport, you will be met and transferred to our centrally located hotel. After refreshment, we start visiting the major sights of the capital, including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat PraKeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxai which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe. Overnight in Vientiane. Includes: (D).

Day 13: Vientiane – Vang Vieng. Heading out of the town, we travel by roads to Vang Vieng with stop over at the archeological sight of Vang Xang dating back from the 11th century. On arrival at Vang Vieng, we cross the Nam Song River, and then enjoy a short trek through the breathtaking mountain landscape to Tam None cave and some hill villages. Today ends with a spectacular view of the sunset over the Nam Song River. Overnight in Vang Vieng. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 14: Vang Vieng – Trekking. After breakfast, we start our trek venturing into the surrounding area of Vang Vieng, which is famous for the beautiful limestone formations as well as the mysterious caves and cavern. Along the way, we visit the legendary cave of Tham Chang, the Ban NamKa village, the Tai Deang and the Souay hill tribe people. They are all friendly and welcoming. The remainder of the day is free for your own exploration of the town and strolling around the shopping area. Overnight in Vang Vieng. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 15: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang. An early morning start to drive to Luang Prabang, which is perhaps the best preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The road conditions are very pool, how ever the unequaled scenery with a mixture of steep terraced fields and hill tribe villages make for an interesting journey. On arrival in Luang Prabang, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham. We then climb up to the top of Phousi Hill for an enjoyable exploration of sacred, gilded stupa and a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. Overnight at Luang. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 16: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou – Luang Prabang. Today, we enjoy a short guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roof sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xang Hai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 17: Luang Prabang – Vientiane. Visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the day of the early kings right through the last sovereign and the central market are not to be missed. We visit these sights this morning before we take a flight back to Vientiane. Upon arrival, we visit the major temples including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha Image. On the way to the famous, sacred structure of That Luang stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxai Monument which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe. Overnight in Vientiane. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 18: Departure. After breakfast, free for last minute shopping until time transfer to Wattay airport for departure. Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is included in the tour price.

Note: There will be special offer - for 15 people, we will offer 1 free of charge.

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M16593 is one of the online leading and responsible tour operator in the Indochina. We are fully licensed as International tour operators No.043-05 .and recognized as leading luxury holiday and vacation organizer specialized in private and group in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. With local in-depth...

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